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7100 Mission Street
Daly City CA 94014
Phone 650-756-3230
Fax 650-756-2851


Manager of Youth Treatment Services: Dr. Jei Africa

Project Reconnect is an evidence-based brief treatment approach for adolescents with alcohol and other drug-related issues. The program utilizes the manualized five-session Motivational Enhancement Therapy/Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MET/CBT5) protocol to provide preliminary substance abuse treatment services to multicultural youth, both males and females, ages 13-17, in San Francisco, Daly City and Pacifica, California.

Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) is known to be particularly useful for clients who are "difficult," "resistant," "unmotivated," and "in denial" because the heart of this therapeutic process is the recognition and resolution of ambivalence about change. MET takes a client-centered approach that works well with adolescents who do not want to be told what to do or how they should be. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), particularly its cognitive behavioral framework, is also well suited for the clients we serve. Functional analysis, assigning homework and role-play helps adolescents understanding why they are abusing drugs or alcohol, how to deal with difficult thoughts and feelings, and how to identify "triggering" events and situations that may stimulate their use.

The primary assessment tools involve the Global Appraisal of Individual Needs (GAIN) family of instruments. GAIN provides a standardized approach to clinical screening, diagnosis, treatment planning and services.

Clients enter the program from two existing AARS referral system, one mandatory (from the San Mateo County Juvenile Probation Department into Project Oasis) and the other voluntary (from cooperating school counselors in Stay Safe program in seven local schools in Daly City and Pacifica, as well as from other community-based agencies in Daly City, Pacifica and San Francisco.)

Project Reconnect is funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment under the Effective Adolescent Treatment grants.

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